29-billion dollars in new taxes for oil companies. A proposal moved on in the Senate yesterday, targeting the money to electric hybrid cars, clean coal technology, wind turbines and energy conservation. Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana says the bill is designed to promote clean and sustainable energy.
Iraq is now the second most unstable country in the world, despite the presence of over 150-thousand American troops and billions of dollars in foreign aid. Foreign Policy magazine rated the country ahead of others such as Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast and the Congo.
Passengers have rights too. Thats what the Supreme Court said yesterday in a ruling that gives car passengers a constitutional right to challenge the legality of police decisions to stop vehicles theyre riding in. Bruce Bendlin was convicted in 2001 in Yuba City, California of drug possession after a sheriffs deputy stopped a car in which he was a passenger.
An eight-year-old Indianapolis boy was arrested yesterday after police say he threatened other children with a gun at a playground on the citys Northwest side. Authorities say he was waving a .38-caliber revolver in the air and was making threats of shooting children on the playground about 4 p.m. Monday. No on was injured in the incident and the gun was safely retrieved from the boy by an adult neighbor before police arrived.
Indianas unemployment rate hit its lowest point for the first time in six years in May. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the states rate of 4.5 percent was a drop from 4.8 percent in April. The agency says the last time unemployment was this low was in September of 2001. The unemployment rate in Delaware County is also going down. The local rates dropped from 5.4 percent in April to 5.1 percent in May. Information released by the Indiana Workforce Development indicate the May numbers are down almost one percent from last year.
Former television comedy writer J.J. Paulsen is challenging his probation for domestic battery. The ex-Cosby Show writer is facing a possible 361-day jail term due to crimes he committed constituting a violation of his probation terms as a wife beater. Paulsen was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of his wife and abandonment of his child earlier this year.
Muncie Mayor Dan Canan has some plans for Muncie during his final six months in office. One of those plans includes annexing an area of Delaware County at Nebo Road and Indiana 332. That area will include the Meijer and Menards, as well as a proposed 70-million dollar bio-life facility.
Officials from Chrysler, Getrag and the UAW will joined Governor Daniels to announce plans for a new joint venture transmission plant in Tipton earlier today. Logan Jordan of the Purdue School of Management says the facility could create almost 12-hundred jobs. Inside Indiana Business reported the companies will spend 455-million dollars in the plant to produce dual-clutch transmissions for Chrysler.
Stopping gang activity before it starts. Thats what the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are trying to do with the Gang Resistance Education and Training program or GREAT PROGRAM. Sergeant James Todd says the program started in 1998 and about five-thousand elementary and middle school students have participated in the program in Marion County.
Two Portland police officers didnt violate the civil rights of a man who died as the result of a high-speed chase. That was the decision handed down by a federal appeals court last week. 20-year-old Brandon Hilbert died on July 18, 2003 when officer Robert Myers tried to pull Hilbert over in downtown Portland. Hilbert then led two officers on a chase on Indiana 26 that ended on a curve near Jay County Road 800 East.